Engineering, Construction and Operations

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What are your plans for May? SAPPHIRENOW 2017 is taking place in Orlando, Florida from May16-18. Construction and real estate firms should be checking our agenda as it is full of interesting topics around digital transformation, project management and customer engagement. This year is all about innovation – talking about business innovation covering all aspects of core processes, marketing, business networks, workforce and asset management. One big topic will be IOT and how industries …

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SAP Cloud for Real Estate Announced

On September, 12-13, the 11th International and 19th German SAP Conference on Real Estate Management 2016 brought together SAP customers, partners and interested parties to exchange the latest trends and to get a glimpse of new innovations in the industry. Held at the Maritim Hotel in Berlin, SAP’s Line of Business Real Estate also announced their upcoming solution, SAP Cloud for Real Estate. SAP’s existing portfolio for the real estate industry already experienced a wind …

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The Construction Industry will be at SAPPHIRE NOW 2016

The Commodore 64 , introduced in 1982, remains the best-selling single personal computer model of all time and I believe this to be so because it was priced right, readily available, and arrived at an inflection point for its market.  SAP S/4HANA, albeit on the other end of the technology spectrum, is poised to do just the same thing.  Similarly, the construction industry is at its own inflection point, where …

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How to Attract and Retain Skilled Construction Workers

By Luke Marson It’s no secret that the construction industry is facing an unprecedented shortage of skilled workers. The industry’s worker exodus during the financial crisis of the 2000s and retiring baby boomers leaves “70% of construction CEOs concerned about the availability of key resources and rising labor costs in growth markets,” according to a PWC construction industry survey. This labor shortage may exclude you from competitive bids – or …

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Construction Lifecycle Management – a necessary business strategy

I recently wrote and published, on an AEC related business Blog, a white paper named “Construction Lifecycle Management – a necessary business strategy” focused on adopting new thinking and business practices to achieve Lean in Industrialized Construction. I would like to submit it to this forum for debating openly about the necessity to adopt a holistic approach to Construction and instead of “reinventing the wheel”, adopt the same principles that …

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Run Financials Add-on for SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA 1.0 with EC&O

Do you plan to run the Financials Add-on for SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA 1.0 together with SAP ERP system on the same system? The Financials Add-on can be combined with a subset of enhancement package 7 for SAP ERP 6.0 software components and SAP Standard Add-ons. Here you find an overview which software components are released to run together with Financials Add-on for SAP Business Suite powered …

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How to do Collaboration and Invoicing with Subcontractors

SAP helps companies to procure services with optimizing the collaboration between involved business partners and the invoicing with specific requirements like advance payment, stage payment, cumulative values, retention handling. SAP JAM is a secure, social network solution to collaborate with your business partner in the cloud. It helps to connect contractors with subcontractors with information and processes in the cloud to accelerate business and drive results. It protects corporate data …

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In this people-centric business, who’s with you for the long haul?

I’m always impressed to see the plaques recognizing 25, 30, and sometimes 50-year employees of construction firms.  People are the core of a construction company, and their collective experience and reputation is critical to winning new work and delivering high-quality projects safely, on time, and on budget.  A very critical success factor for any company is its ability to innovate.  This comes from employee knowledge, and more specifically from the …

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Zachry Construction, B4 Consulting, & SAP Host Microforum at SAPPHIRE NOW 2014

At this year’s SAPPHIRE NOW, I had the honor of hosting a microforum alongside Ranjeet Gadhoke from Zachry Construction and Juan Moore from B4 Consulting.  The session was titled Growing and Optimizing Construction Operations and we discussed Zachry’s phased SAP implementation which has supported their tremendous growth without disruption to the business.  Juan Moore has provided a great summary of the session on his blog: SAPPHIRE Construction Industry Microforum Featured …

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Day Hour Systems

Gentlemen, Here is and idea merging existing mobile technology with data management to make existing business more profitable.  Many companies offer equipment rental management programs, however by merging them with mobile telemetry technology, it would be possible to completely revolutionize the way equipment are utilized and billed for.  My expertise is in the equipment rental industry and I am looking in software, hardware and accounting to make this work.  Please …

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